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The J/Boats company had humble beginnings but over the past 40 years, they have built winning designs which are raced by movers and shakers in the marine industry and beyond. Rod Johnstone built the first J/24 in his garage in 1975 and by 1977, he and his brother Bob were in business building sleek boats that developed a reputation for being crazy-fast. Today, the Rhode Island company builds boats from 22 to 65 feet for day sailing, cruising and mostly one-design racing. Any serious racer will know J/Boats and many will have owned one at some point. J/Boats are precision machines that command a premium price and will range from $10,000 to $2,000,000, and have sprouted a performance sailing school called J World with five bases around the country.

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2013 J Boats J/109

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Boat Description

The J/109 features the popular carbon fiber retractable bowsprit and asymmetric spinnaker system and a versatile 2-cabin interior layout with standing headroom. She is designed with a very low VCG, long waterline, and generous sailplan with the horsepower for competitive racing and stability for relaxed cruising when the racing crew is not aboard. The J/109 fits within the current J/Boat sprit range as a stable, easy-to-sail performance boat with the interior volume necessary for comfortable cruising and a great dual purpose deck layout. The sleek profile and generous sailplan give one an immediate sense of the speed potential of the J/109. The hull profile reveals a long waterline, low wetted surface and a low VCG fin keel (7 feet), designed for excellent stability when sailing short-handed. The deck/cockpit layout is a cross between the J/105 and J/120, the two J/stable-mates that clearly bracket the targeted market for the J/109. Sail handling systems follow the J philosophy of keeping things easy. Halyards and reef lines are cockpit led, mainsheet controls are within reach of the wheel, and inboard sheeting tracks permit the use of both overlapping and non-overlapping headsails. There is ample on-deck stowage, thanks to the removable transom locker, cockpit seat locker and a bow compartment large enough for both the anchor rode and the asymmetric spinnaker. The interior is European-style with two private sleeping cabins and an option for a pull-out double in the large main cabin. The L-shaped galley includes a double sink, 2-burner propane stove and a pressure water system. The nav station is a large sit-down forward-facing console with abundant space for instrument displays. The head is conveniently located aft near the companionway, providing easy access from the cockpit while underway.



Boat Details
Beam 11 ft 5 inMax Draft 7 ft
Dry Weight 10900 lbHull Material Fiberglass
Hull Shape MonohullFuel Capacity 18 gal
Length at Waterline 30 ft 5 inLength Overall 35 ft 3 in
Water Capacity 25.40 gal   
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Sail Area


I : 46.33 ft
J : 13.25 ft
P : 43.25 ft
E : 15.33 ft
Working Sail Area : 644.00 sq ft

Keel Details

Keel #1
Keel Type: Shoal_Draft
Max Draft: 5.67 ft

Additional Specifications

    HULL AND DECK
  • Baltek Contourkore end grained balsa composite construction using biaxal and unidirectional glass with vinylester resin on the outer hull layer for 10 year warranty against hull blisters
  • Patented "SCRIMP" resin infusion system moulding process for optimum laminate strength
  • 3,883 lbs (1.760 kg), 7' (2,10 m) draft, variable chord, high lift, lead keel bolted and bonded, bolted and laminate to deep moulded stub with sump
  • Off-white deck with a high traction non-skid
  • White hull. Single tapered gel coat integrated double boot stripe
  • Foredeck and helmsman moulded toe rails
  • Large bow locker with laminated watertight forward collision bulkhead
  • Large cockpit storage locker on starboard
  • Propane bottle storage
  • Moulded stern platform with removable swimming ladder
  • Moulded spray shield with dodger storage and companionway instrument pod
  • GRP moulded structural bulkhead bonded to hull and deck
  • All intermediate bulkheads glassed to hull and deck for stiffness
  • Heavy-duty fibreglass floor stringer grid infused into hull, including mast and chain plate structure
  • Balanced spade rudder construction using biaxal and unidirectional glass and large diameter anodised aluminium stock mounted in JP3 self-aligning bearings

    SPARS and RIGGING

  • Sparcraft tapered aluminium mast with double airfoil spreader clear anodised
  • Continuous Rod rigging (Nitronic 50)
  • Sailtec hydraulic backstay adjuster
  • Sparcraft boom with internal outhaul 8:1 purchase system, mainsail reef line sheaves, main sheet and rigid vang tangs
  • Harken jib furling system unit 1
  • Retractable carbon fibre bowsprit (extendible to 5.5' (1.70 m) beyond the bow) with seal
  • Nautos solid Boomvang with cascade purchase system
  • 1 spectra main halyard
  • 1 spectra jib halyard
  • 1 pre-stretched polyester spinnaker halyard with snapshackle
  • 2 spinnaker sheets
  • 1 tack line
  • 2 jib sheets
  • 1 main sheet with fine tune
  • Mainsheet traveler control lines
  • 1 bowsprit control line
  • 2 reef lines

    DECK HARDWARE

  • 2 Harken 46 STA (self-tailing) primary winches
  • 2 Harken 40 STA (self-tailing) halyard winches
  • 3 Aluminium lock-in winch handles, 1 being "speed grip" type
  • 2 PVC handle holders
  • Mainsheet purchase on Harken ball bearing blocks and fine tune
  • Harken adjustable mainsheet traveller with 4:1 purchase led to a cleat on both sides
  • Harken ball bearing genoa and jib tracks with 4:1 car controls led to cleats by coach roof
  • Harken foot blocks for genoa sheets
  • Harken spinnaker sheet blocks on U-bolts
  • Harken block on pad-eye at bowsprit end
  • 5 halyard/reef turning blocks
  • Halyards lead aft through 2 quadruple organisers and 4 spinlock XT stoppers on each side of companionway
  • Tack line led aft to stopper on starboard side of coach roof
  • Bowsprit control line leading to a cam cleat on aft of coach roof bulkhead
  • 2 bow mooring cleats
  • 2 stern mooring cleats
  • Stem head fitting
  • Custom s/s stem plate with tack fitting, removable anchor roller
  • S/S chain plates for shrouds and backstay
  • Foredeck opening hatch (500 x 500) with vent
  • Opening hatch (450 x 320) over main saloon
  • 4 fixed ports (630 x 170) on saloon coach roof sides
  • 2 opening ports (304 x 155) for aft cabin and toilet compartment
  • 1 opening port (350 x 170) in cockpit (aft cabin)
  • 1 vent above toilets
  • 3 line bags
  • 2 s/s handrails on coach roof
  • S/S pushpit and pulpit
  • Double s/s lifelines, 8 stainless stanchions, 4 with reinforcing leg
  • Aluminium wheel (4.16 _)